Game 76: Canadiens match unenviable mark

Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn misses on shot towards Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, while being checked by  Mike Knuble during the first period Saturday night. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Scott Gomez | Brian Gionta | Tomas Plekanec | Carey Price | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: For the first time since 1949, the Canadiens have been shut out for three straight games following Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Marco Sturm scored early in the first period when he knocked a rebound out of the air and into the net behind Carey Price 1:24 into the game. It stood up as the winning goal. Alexander Semin scored off an odd-man rush 16:19 into the third period to end any thoughts of a comeback. The Canadiens managed only three shots on goal in the first period and only 18 overall, giving Capitals goalie Braden Holtby an easy night for the shutout, his second in 14 games. Price stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced. The Canadiens have not score for more than 186 minutes of hockey.

• What It Means: The Canadiens remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 40-29-7 for 87 points, the same number as the New York Rangers, who remain in seventh because they have won fewer games in regulation time. The Sabres sit at 85 points in eighth place in the conference.

• What’s Next: The Atlanta Thrashers are at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night and the Canadiens travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes on Wednesday for their final game of March.

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